Roberto Clemente

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Early Life

According to Wikipedia, Roberto Clemente was born August 18,1934 in Barrio San Anton, Carolina, Puerto Rico. He was the youngest of 7 children. He had 4 brothers and 2 sisters. As a kid Roberto's family was very poor. His father, Don Melchor worked as a sugar cane farmer at a plantation. His mother, Luisa Walker ran a grocery store for the plantation workers. Roberto worked as a youngster delivering milk.
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Baseball Career

“According to Who was Roberto Clemente, in 1948 Roberto joined the Sello Rojo (Red Seal in Spanish) Rice factory team when he was just 14 years old. While in high school at the age of 17, Roberto Advanced to the Santurce Cangrejeros "Crabbers". Roberto's professional baseball career started just after high school." That following year on February 19, 1954, Roberto signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Soon after, the Milwaukee Braves offered him $30,000, but Roberto stayed with Brooklyn." For Roberto keeping his promise was more the any amount of money. In 1954, he was playing for their Triple-A Team in Montreal.”

Adult Hood

Roberto Clemente got married to Vera Cristina Zabala on November 14, 1964 at San Fernando church in Carolina. About 1 year later, the beautiful couple had their first child Roberto Jr, in August 1965. They than had their second child Luis Roberto, in July 1966, and their third child Roberto Enrique, in 1969.
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About 8 years later, Roberto died December 31, 1972. He had went to Nicaragua to visit the sick and injured. In late December a horrific earthquake hit Nicaragua. Many of the people he saw died. while trying to get on the plane, the had realized it was overloaded.
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Awards & Monuments

  • Roberto won his 1st of 12 Golden Glove awards in 1961
  • Roberto than earned the NL MVP award in 1966
  • Roberto is named the MVP for the Pirates World Series victory in 1971
  • Roberto gets his 3000th hit career against the New York Mets
  • Roberto is posthumously inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on August 6, 1973
  • Roberto got the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003
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Roberto Clemente's 3,000th Hit


Works Cited

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"Roberto Clemente” PebbleGo. April 19, 2011"

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